One of the hardest things to do (or so it seems) is to eat healthy while on a tight budget. With the cost of food constantly increasing, it gets more and more difficult to be able to buy healthy food and still live a frugal life.
Depending on your particular finances, it might be fairly easy to start easy more healthy. You just need to buy healthy food instead of junk food. For others, you might have to let this or that go in order to be able to afford buying healthier food.
The easiest way to start eating healthy and get accustomed to eating healthy meals is to ask yourself – Was this grown? Is it natural? Is it fresh? Is it filled with ingredients that I can’t even pronounce?Healthy Eating on a Frugal Budget Click To Tweet
I’m sure you’re thinking that’s going to do away with about 80% of groceries. Yes, it is. The fact is that the majority of food items that are for sale in grocery stores today are far from healthy, often loaded with stuff that makes us unhealthy. And the fact is that a lot of the food items that we buy are bought because it’s convenient.
That’s where the change has to be made – stop buying for convenience and start buying for health. No, there’s nothing wrong in having something you really want sometimes. But notice that word – *sometimes*. That doesn’t mean we should eat junk all the time, every day, all day, etc. It should be something of a treat, not a daily thing.
So what can you buy that’s healthy and won’t kill your budget? Lots of things! But because you will be buying more fresh foods instead of a lot of pre-made stuff, you might have to shop more often (if you’re in the habit of just shopping once or twice a month). And remember you can freeze a lot of fresh foods!
Here’s just a few foods you can buy that are healthy: Tomatoes (yummy alone or used as an ingredient in a dish), potatoes (so many ways to use them), carrots (yummy alone, in salad, etc.), spaghetti squash (so much healthier than pasta and tastes so good), yellow squash (alone, or with cheese, etc.), lettuce, fresh spinach, frozen spinach, peas and beans, bananas, apples, celery (used in food or alone), peppers (alone or used in dishes), broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, rice (it’s grown so it’s natural), eggs, chicken, beef, pork.
I’m sure you’ll think of and see other food items that would fall into this way of frugal food buying as you shop.
This is not to say don’t buy things like salad dressings, cheese. Bread, etc. (even though you can make your own bread and dressing). It simply means choose healthy foods over unhealthy ones. For some, it will be easy to know what to buy or what not to buy, while others will need some guidance.
If you have family members who are reluctant to change their way of eating, you could start by introducing a healthier way of eating slowly, rather than all at once. But then, cold turkey works also – if that’s all there is to eat, it’s eat or be hungry. Hunger is usually all it takes to want to eat and not care that it’s healthy food. (That would be real hunger, not the oh I haven’t eaten in a couple of hours thing.)
It would be a good idea to already have or buy some plastic freezer containers (they’re reusable so it’s a better deal) or some freezer zipper bags to divide and store some of the food in so that it doesn’t go bad before it’s used.
One of the best investments you can make for healthy food and food storage is a food dehydrator. If you have a garden or buy fresh food in bulk (a good deal when there’s a sale!), you can use the food dehydrator to dehydrate the various foods to either put up or eat when done. These make yummy and healthy snacks – like banana chips and apple chips – plus you can have dried tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic, etc.
So I’ve given you some ideas for healthy eating on a frugal budget to help you get started eating better, along with the food preservation tip. Be sure to check that out! There are several kinds to choose from, so see what works best for you and your budget. The link again for it is here. Just click it to see the details.